A factory trawler that frequently participates in the Bering Sea pollock fishery caught fire Monday afternoon.
The catcher-processor Arctic Storm was working off the coast of Grays Harbor, Washington, processing Pacific whiting, when a fire started in the engine room.
The Coast Guard sent helicopters and lifeboats to the scene to help evacuate crew. According to the vessel's parent company, Arctic Storm Management Group, none of the 120 people on board were injured. The 334-foot ship is being towed back to port so the owners can assess the damage.
An operator error down at the power plant caused a brief blackout in Unalaska.
Public utilities director Dan Winters says an employee was performing maintenance at about 12:15 p.m. Tuesday. The person tripped the wrong breaker, accidentally turning off a diesel engine in the process.
Winters says there isn’t any backup system for an outage like that. Employees restarted the engine, and then reset the town breakers. The lights were only out for 14 minutes. Most of town was affected, except for the East Point Road neighborhood and the area near the spit dock.
Public safety is still investigating the cause of a rapidly-spreading tundra fire that broke out along the S-curves this weekend.
The Ounalashka Corporation owned the land that caught on fire, just before 5 p.m. Saturday. Despite its proximity to Dutch Harbor post office and Gas 'n' Go, on Airport Beach Road, the blaze didn't jump to any nearby structures.